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WILLMAR - The Willmar School District may have to adjust the way it schedules some of its teachers under a state arbitration ruling filed this week. The district could file an appeal in court. Otherwise, the arbitration ruling will stand. Three elementary reading teachers filed a grievance over the way they were scheduled to test and monitor student progress in the district's Response to Intervention program in the 2012-13 school year.
WILLMAR - At least 80 bicycles have been donated to the Wheels4Kids program since a dozen repaired bikes were stolen the first week in July. The program uses donations and volunteers to repair old bikes and give them to needy children and teens. A grant from Willmar Kiwanis funds the program, and bike repairs are done by volunteer Jim Bode. The program has given away about 40 bikes so far this summer, and another dozen were ready to go when the theft was discovered a few weeks ago at the warming house at Lincoln Park in southeast Willmar.
WILLMAR - A plastic 35mm film canister with an Alka Seltzer tablet and a bit of water inside makes a dandy little rocket. But if you make it more elaborate, will it fly higher? About 50 fourth- and fifth-graders from Willmar's elementary schools learned to make the simple chemical rockets Tuesday afternoon at the second annual Mind Challenge Camp at MinnWest Technology Campus in Willmar.
PAYNESVILLE — Linda Westvig and Barb LeClaire of the Paynesville Dairy Queen are aiming for the top this year. Last year, the seasonal drive-in raised more than $13,000 for the...
WILLMAR - A three-year project to improve the playground at Willmar's Roosevelt Elementary School is done. Workers were putting the finishing touches on the playground Wednesday afternoon. Parent-Teacher-Student Association president Stephanie Swenson said the project includes about $31,000 in new playground equipment. Roosevelt used to be a school for grades 4-6. When it made the transition to a K-5 school a few years ago, "we needed some more equipment geared toward younger kids," Swenson said.
WILLMAR - Starting in January, Kandiyohi County residents will pay an additional $10 tax to the county when they renew their vehicle registration. The Kandiyohi County Board approved the $10 wheelage tax Tuesday. The board decided to have the state collect the tax when residents buy new license tabs. The fee does not apply to some vehicles, like motorcycles, recreational vehicles, trailers, collector vehicles and tax-exempt vehicles.
WILLMAR — The cloudy sky and stiff breezes didn’t seem to be keeping people away from the first day of the Willmar Farmers Market on Saturday. By 9 a.m. Dave...
WILLMAR — The city water tower next to Ridgewater College in Willmar has a new coat of paint. And along with the new paint has come new lettering on the...
WILLMAR -- A dozen bicycles ready to be given to needy children were removed this week from the warming shed in Lincoln Park. The bikes belonged to the Wheels4Kids program affiliated with the Willmar Child Guide Program and Willmar Community Education and Recreation. With financial support from Willmar Kiwanis, the program accepts donated bikes, and volunteer Jim Bode repairs them to give away.
WILLMAR — A dozen bicycles ready to be given to needy children were removed this week from the warming shed in Lincoln Park. The bikes belonged to the Wheels4Kids program...